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[hos-pi-tuh-buh l, ho-spit-uh-buh l] /ˈhɒs pɪ tə bəl, hɒˈspɪt ə bəl/
receiving or treating guests or strangers warmly and generously:
a hospitable family.
characterized by or betokening warmth and generosity toward guests or strangers:
a hospitable smile.
favorably receptive or open (usually followed by to):
to be hospitable to new ideas; a climate hospitable to the raising of corn.
Origin of hospitable
1560-70; < Latin hospitā(re) to receive as guest (compare Latin hospitārī to be a guest; see hospitium) + -ble
Related forms
hospitableness, noun
hospitably, adverb Unabridged
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  • Mr. Howbridge got up from his chair and advanced to meet the backwoodsman with hospitable hand.

  • And I may say, too, that they are most hospitable to the traveler, as our own experience with them exemplified.

    The Long Labrador Trail Dillon Wallace
  • He was sure that it was open, he was equally sure that it contained something edible on its hospitable shelves.

    Visionaries James Huneker
  • In this stanza Rhuvawn is celebrated as pious, valiant, and hospitable.

    Y Gododin Aneurin
  • I thought to myself that his welcome was not, to say the least, hospitable.

British Dictionary definitions for hospitable


/ˈhɒspɪtəbəl; hɒˈspɪt-/
welcoming to guests or strangers
fond of entertaining
receptive: hospitable to new ideas
Derived Forms
hospitableness, noun
hospitably, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin hospitāre to receive as a guest, from Latin hospes guest, host1
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Word Origin and History for hospitable

1560s, from Middle French hospitable, from Latin hospitari "be a guest," from hospes (genitive hospitis) "guest" (see host (n.1)). Related: Hospitably.

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